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that was run by the u.s. will be commanded by nato, an obama diplomatic win. but many in congress warn president obama not to send u.s. ground troops to depose gadhafi, who is said to be in this car today. >> yes, we want him out. no, we don't want to do it at the enormous cost of military invasion. >> reporter: the president has to justify taking sides in what some see as a civil war. >> will america's commitment & end in days, not weeks, as the president promised? >> reporter: defense secretary gates admitted on "meet the press," libya is not vital. >> no, i don't think it's vital interests for the united states, but we clearly have interests there, and it's a part of the recently, which is a vital interest for the united states. >> reporter: a region in chaos, uprisings in egypt, syria, bahrain, jordan, might the president commit the u.s. military elsewhere. libya's already cost about $1 billion. with no clear end in sight. >>> tonight, some u.s. naviville vessels are reported to be pulling out of the mediterranean. tomorrow, u.s. allies meet about libya. the plan is to put pressure
of the injure suffered serious injuries and another suffered light injuries. the u.s. air force in britain said the two dead airmen were based in the united kingdom. that no other details will be released until after notification of next of kin. >>> now to the latest situation in libya. rebels there appear to have repelled an talk at an oil installation. forces loyal to libya's leader moammar gadhafi initially recaptured the port in a raid earlier this morning. but after several hours of fighting, a wave of civilian militias drove out gadhafi's forces. all that according to an associated press reporter on the scene. in the meantime, colonel gadhafi warned that thousands of libyan there's die if u.s. and nato forces intervene in the conflict there. and united nations official say nearly 200,000 people have fled across the bored entire tunisia in order to escape the violence in will you be i can't. >> a young virginia mother pregnant with her second child is still missing tonight. bethany decker vanished from her home in ashburn over a month ago. now police have spoken to her husband who is servi
's what happened to the other u.s. airman that might have caused a friendly fire tragedy. commanders say the usf-15 e suffered a mechanical failure. the airmen ejected. but as they were rescued came the reported bloodshed described by libyans to western reporters. flying at least one osprey like this, a u.s. rescue team reportedly fired on friendly libyan rebels who were near one of the u.s. pilots. six libyans reportedly died. u.s. commanders investigating the crash promised to investigate the reported deaths. in el salvador this afternoon, president obama said many more u.s. forces would have died if if the forces did not intervene. >> i want to emphasize to the american people, because of the extraordinary capabilities and valor of our men and women in uniform, we have already saved lives. >> reporter: meanwhile, allied air raids continue. two arab nations, say they're sending jets to the, a force. but ground troops are still advancing on the strongholds. >> the blood of americans is on gadhafi's hands. he should be removed from power. >> reporter: could libya's rebels pose a threat t
u.s. attorney needs to get involved. on sunday, sulaimon brown, at the center of this political scandal, stepped up his attacks on vincent gray, saying the public should know gray is a crook. >> they need to know that mayor vincent gray is an organized criminal. he's a -- if he was -- if it was in the case of a mob, it would be racketeering. >> reporter: brown, a minor candidate for mayor last year, alleged in the "washington post" story sunday that campaign aides gave him cash to attack then mayor adrian fenty. >> reporter: sulaimon brown is calling you an organized crime figure. >> is he? >> reporter: yes, he said you were -- as an organized criminal. >> i see. >> reporter: mayor gray, who denies any wrongdoing, declined on monday to respond to brown's latest accusation. but gray on sunday called for an investigation by the city attorney general and the d.c. council. the council has since sent the matter to the independent inspector general, charles will bee. >> we indicated yesterday we were fine with wherever it was referred. we suggested the inspector general. >> reporter:
obama says the u.s. will soon give up leadership of these allied assaults. steve handelsman joins us live from capitol hill with more on this. >> reporter: as american bombs and missiles rained down on libya, congress here on the hill is in recess. not a player, not active so far in this new u.s. war. but lawmakers have a lot of questions. is it good for americans, for our nation, to side with one group of libyans? last week, they looked doomed, but libyan rebels in their eastern stronghold of benghazi today have new hope. thanks to american f-15 pilots, and british pilots, french pilots and their mirages. they're hammering moammar gadhafi's forces again today. a coordinated attack that president obama promised today in chile will not be led by the u.s. for long. >> there's going to be a transition taking place, in which we have a range of coalition partners, the europeans, members of the arab league, who will then be participating and establishing a no-fly zone. >> reporter: but commanders say that transition would be complex. >> it's not so simple as just having a handshake somepla
that's what worked best for the u.s. and for the egyptians in the egyptian crisis. and that's one more reason why he is resisting pressure to establish a u.s. military no fly zone now over libya to protect libyans, even though there's more reason today to consider that. >> colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. >> reporter: president obama toughened his rhetoric after the escalation in libya. for a second day, moammar gadhafi's war planes launched attacks. near libyan rebel forces who were holding an oil region west of tripoli, the capital. no word on what, if anything, the libyan jets hit, but the fighter attack had to be ordered by the libyan strongman. >> the violence must stop. moammar gadhafi has lost legitimacy to lead, and he must leave. those who perpetrate violence against the libyan people will be held accountable. >> reporter: president obama today ordered u.s. military aircraft to help evacuate foreigners from libya. but he has not ordered u.s. war planes to attack libyan war planes that take off. grounding gadhafi's air force with a no fly zone. two senat
, president obama said again today that he will not send ground troops, u.s. ground troops into that country. the president returned to the white house a half-hour ago. he cut his trip short so co-deal with the kris tlis. in t here in washington there is bipartisan criticism over the president's leadership in that country. steve handleman is on could that hill with more. >> reporter: the way forward in libya is not clear. the president's move was controversial. the fact that he did it when he wasn't in washington, not in the united states is controversial. long time washington not sider republican said barack obama is lucky that congress was out on recess and not here on capitol hill to criticize. as president obama and his family returned to the white house from latin america, the air assault on libya continues, still led by the u.s. these are british fights. a british air tanker refuelling other cold air attention. >> we're getting a lot of support from both the zprenfrend the italians. >> reporter: moammar gadhafi's forces are taking heavy hits. on the ground, rebel forces are losing terr
to use force to depose moammar gadhafi, what is the policy. as the u.s. role in the libyan air war gets smaller and nato gets set to take over command, moammar gadhafi is not giving up or getting out. his forces today counterattacked, pushing libyan rebels back, targeting civilians in rebel-held towns. >> gadhafi is using snipers to shoot people down and let them bleed to death in the street. >> reporter: secretary of state clinton's meeting today with u.s. allies in london, topic one was the dictator. >> we urge gadhafi and his people to leave and not to cause any more bloodshed. >> reporter: but so far, it's the libyan leader's call, and he says no. >> i'm not sure that we know exactly when we will get to any change in attitude by gadhafi. >> reporter: last night president obama ruled out using u.s. ground troops. >> if we tried to overthrow gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. >> reporter: but capitol hill is splintered. >> forcing gadhafi to leave power, i disagree with the president saying that the use of force should be ruled out. >> reporter: if gadhafi hangs on, what
are blooming for the 99th time this year. this year, for the 99th time. they were given to the u.s. by japan back in 1912. the national cherry blossom festival begins on saturday. it runs through april 10th. >>> a tornado blasted through western pennsylvania, leaving behind a path of destruction there. it hit yesterday afternoon about 25 miles west of pittsburgh. 30 homes were destroyed, another 60 damaged. some areas got hit with golf ball size hail, which you saw just a bit ago. roofs ripped off homes, trees uprooted. schools in the area were closed today because of this extensive damage. >>> fortunately, doug, we've got nothing like that around here. >> no, we did not. we saw some of those thunderstorms come through late last night, but those thunderstorms are not severe. good news for us. but what they did bring in, much colder temperatures. that's what we're going to be talking about over the next couple of days. temperatures overnight tonight dipping below the freezing mark, and, of course, we're looking towards the weekend. cherry blossom festival as you were just talking about coming
. what will president obama do about gas prices? so far, he's not released any of the u.s. petroleum reserve. even though the government today predicted $3.70 a gallon this spring. that's a political problem. today's headline on capitol hill. >> pump pain for obama. >> reporter: republicans are pouncing. >> send more american dollars overseas? that's the administration's position? >> reporter: it's a flashback to the '08 campaign. >> drill, baby, drill. and drill now. >> reporter: republicans demanded the government open alaska and more offshore sites to the oil companies. but obama won, drilling lost. and the bp spill ended the debate. to the libyan crisis. prices back to '08 levels. >> higher fuel prices slow the recovery and threaten to tank it. it's costing us about 50,000 jobs a month. >> reporter: oil state republicans again say drill. >> supply is key. let's start with domestic action, domestic supply, and mitigate price increases that way. >> reporter: a liberal analyst says don't drill. >> we use one-quarter of the world's oil and we have only 2% of the world's oil resources
and drop u.s. bombs in the desert. >> you have to get, i think, at the head of the snake here. and the snake in this case is moammar gadhafi. >> reporter: libyan rebels claim they can get to tripoli and topple gadhafi if they're given heavier weapons, artillery, and harmered vehicles. but tea party republicans and liberal democrats are in rare agreement today. that's a bad idea and an escalation. >> have we learned nothing about the danger of open ended military conflicts where the exit strit is unclear and victory is ill defined? >> i think we have so much on the plate right now. we need bring to cloesure. >> we don't know how much al qaeda is involved in the opposition forces. why would we want to strengthen al qaeda's hand in north africa? >> reporter: president obama told brian william, he might arm libyan rebels. >> i'm not ruling it out but i'm also not ruling it in. >> while he decides, the side we backed in libya is on the run. >> reporter: for now the obama plan is to keep using air power to try to force gadhafi's forces back. top aides said the president still believ
. >>> president obama is expected to address the nation to justify the u.s. intervention in libya. but there's still no word on when that address could happen. meanwhile, there are still some questions about the military coalition and nato's role in this conflict. steve handelsman has more on the battle in washington and overseas. >> reporter: western war planes kept pounding moammar gadhafi's forces. here, a british smart bomb hits a gadhafi tank. it's a u.s.-led effort to help the rebels in eastern libya who were stalled in the sand. nato has agreed to command the know no-fly zone, but who will run the air attack on gadhafi's ground forces remains undetermined. >> it could fall under nato. >> there are discussions it could be nato, that's a political discussion, ongoing. we'll see. >> reporter: in any case, u.s. forces would have the major role just to lower public profile. >> remember the scene in the wizard of oz when you pull away the curtain and there's the wizard working all of the machines, and still making things work? that's exactly what's going to happen here. >> reporter: preside
the balance to the rebels without sending in u.s. ground forces. >> the removal of moammar gadhafi will likely be achieved overtime through political and economic measures and by his own people. >> reporter: defense secretary gates convinced some on capitol hill. not others. >> what is humanitarian about providing to one side of the conflict the ability to wage war against the other side? >> reporter: the obama administration will not confirm reports that teams of u.s. cia agents are on the ground now in libya, helping the rebels regroup and turn back toward tripoli. >> but add the miles an hour is telling congress, there's still no u.s. move to send heavier weapons to the rebels. i'm steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. >>> virginia senator jim webb is among the members of congress who did not favor military intervention in libya. he says president obama acted unilaterally and should have involved congress first. because there were no americans in danger. >> i think there were legitimate questions about the legality or the constitutionality of how the president moved forward in his initial
capitol hill, laying out u.s. options. >> we have joined the libyan people in demanding that gadhafi must go. >> reporter: critics question whether that's enough. >> it's difficult to look at the initial u.s. response to the unrest in libya and think of any word other than tepid. >> we feel that we did this in a prudent and effective manner. and we did it in a way that did not raise the alarm bells around the region and the world that we were about to invade for oil. >> reporter: the pentagon is working up contingencies from aid to intervention. none of them envision moammar gadhafi giving up. >> all i can say is sometimes you have to actually listen to what people say, and he says he's not leaving. >> reporter: they insist all the options are on the table, though a no-fly zone seems to be falling out of favor. >> it would be a military operation. it wouldn't simply be telling people not to fly arms. >> reporter: that's the kind of force nato and the united nations so far have been unwilling to back. for now, the united states is positioning forces in the region, prepari
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cathedral and national aquarium in baltimore. >>> the u.s. navy has a new ship among its fleet. the "uss arlington" named for arlington, virginia, in hon eer of the 184 people in the 9/11 attack on the pentagon. it was christen this morning at a shipyard in pascagoula, mississippi. capable of honding a landing force up to 800 marines. its home port, norfolk, virginia. >>> the trickle-down effects of soaring gas prices. still to come tonight, the business passing the cost along to its customers. >>> and we are monitoring the spring snow moving into the area. the >>> a montgomery county police officer is on leave tonight after shooting a man this afternoon behind a busy strip mall. this happened on georgia avenue near aspen hill road. derrick ward reports shooting the man was a last resort. >> reporter: on the front side of the northgate plaza, business as usual. say for a lone police cruiser. out back a different scene. montgomery county police investigate a shooting by one of their officers. place say it started here in a store that used to be known as the jewelry corner but they're in t
charges have been filed against the man accused of killing six people and wounding u.s. representative gabrielle giffords. a 49-count indictment returned yesterday against jerryd lee loughner covered all the murdered and injured victims who were at the january political event held outside a tucson grocery store. the indictment charged loughner in the murders of judge john roll and giffords' aide gabe zimmerman. the additional charges were filed under a law that gives the federal government jurisdiction over any activity administered by the united states. in this case, they were meeting with their member of congress. loughner had pleaded not guilty to earlier federal charges of trying to sas assassinate giffords and kill two aides. >>> congressman giffords continues her amazing recovery. she is now showing emotion and singing with her family. giffords is also getting updates about the work being done in her offices in tucson and washington. doctors say she is improving in her rehabilitation, and has even been able to enjoy two of her favorite foods, matzo ball soup and cheese blintss.
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